Archive for April, 2011

Understanding Programs, Policies, and Procedures

April 27, 2011 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Welcome to Tourist Attractions and Parks Magazine’s Management Blog. I hope you like what you read and post your comments, so together we can generate good ideas and advice in the all-important area of amusement facility management. As a business professional, it drives me crazy when I see managers who do […]

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Strategies to Improve Your Business: Providing Good Customer Service at Mini-Golf and Driving Range Facilities

April 20, 2011 No Comments

April 20, 2011 Mini-golf and driving range facilities have a lot of innate appeal, but with so many available places to play, smart owners and managers must go the extra mile to ensure that their operations remain at the top of customers’ list. Offering top-notch customer service helps to get the job done. Patrons’ attitude […]

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Strategies to Improve Your Business: Enlivening Attractions with Lighting and Special Effects

April 7, 2011 No Comments

April 7, 2011  Consumers are looking to get more and more for their money when they visit leisure entertainment facilities. Using innovative lighting and special effects is one key way to give them what they want. While the primary purpose of lighting is, of course, illumination, operators might also consider the idea of leveraging it […]

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Food Service Equipment for Hits, and How to Avoid Misses

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Whether you are stocking a snack bar, concession stand or café, you must find food equipment that works best for your business needs. Consider space, time and cost before jumping into a new product. Here are a six quick tips courtesy of John Evans, senior vice president, Gold Medal Products, Co. To ensure you make […]

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Why Attend the Laser Tag Convention

April 1, 2011 No Comments

With no shortage of entertainment trade shows and conventions to fill your year with, the question laser tag entrepreneurs might ask is, “Why should I attend the Laser Tag Convention in Orlando this May 1 – 5?” What a great question! My initial answer is in our tagline, it’s the only convention designed with you […]

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Ticketing and Wristbands: Not Taking a Pass on Efficiency and Safety

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Tickets are more than an admission pass into an attraction, park or family entertainment center. For owners and operations managers, tickets not only keep track of their guests, but they also help to maintain security and keep attractions running on schedule. Justin Struttmann is operations manager at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, […]

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Shelter from the Storm: <br />Safe Operating Strategies to Cope with the Weather

Shelter from the Storm:
Safe Operating Strategies to Cope with the Weather

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Nothing guarantees to please guests like an event held in the great outdoors. Yet Mother Nature’s weather events can conflict with and upset the best laid human plans. That’s why Sylvia Norton, general manager for Party Time Rentals, College Station, Texas, advises her customers, “Anytime of year you’re planning any type of outdoor event, especially […]

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Valued and Valuable:<br />The Museum Volunteer Workforce

Valued and Valuable:
The Museum Volunteer Workforce

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Volunteer programs constitute a vital element in museum operations. In fact, museums would be unable to properly function without the dedication of their volunteers.  Thus, it is an ongoing process to bring in new, enthusiastic volunteers, to keep them feeling valued and to provide them with opportunities to stay educated and excited about the institution […]

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New Full-Time CEO Named at LAI Games

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Industry veteran and LAI Games CEO Alan Freimuth will be succeeded by Marshall Ashdown, who has held the position of international sales manager for LAI Games for nearly two years. Ashdown was recruited by Freimuth in 2009 as a planned successor. “My retirement has been planned for some time but I am optimistic about the […]

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Bulk Vending Machines: Tips to Keep Vandals at Bay

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Bill Hutchison has seen vending machines broken into with blowtorches.  He’s seen machines vandalized and robbed in police stations. He’s seen would-be thieves who have unwittingly gotten their arms stuck inside machines and had to call 9-1-1. “It really doesn’t matter what type of machine it is,” said Hutchison, a longtime bulk vending operator and […]

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Sponsors

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

A\’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Aquaventronics

Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Money Tree – ATM

ATM machines.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Richie\’s Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

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Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
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